Westinghouse group breaks ground for new headquarters in Arundel


Westinghouse Electric Corp. has broken ground for two office buildings in northern Anne Arundel County, one of which is serve as the new corporate headquarters of its Electronic Systems Group.

The Pittsburgh-based conglomerate announced plans last spring for the development of a 30-acre tract near Nursery and Winterson roads, adjacent to its Advanced Technologies Laboratories in Linthicum, but decided recently to shift the headquarters of its Electronic Systems Group (ESG) into the facilities, a Westinghouse spokesman, Jack Martin, said yesterday.

The second building is to house the headquarters and related operations of ESG's Commercial Systems Division. That division was established in December 1989 to create markets for Westinghouse technology in non-defense-related industries.

Richard A. Linder, president of ESG, has said in the past that the new Commercial Systems Division is expected to account for half of the group's total sales by the year 1990.

The Electronic Systems Group posted sales of slightly more than $3 billion last year.

Mr. Linder also said the decision to build a new headquarters building in Linthicum reaffirms the company's long-term commitment to Maryland. The Electronic Systems Group is the state's largest manufacturing employer with about 15,000 workers. Mr. Martin said about 1,500 of these workers will be moved into the two new structures.

Many of the employees are currently scattered among a half dozen buildings in the Airport Square office complex near

Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

ESG's headquarters are housed in one of the three structures that make up the giant industrial complex on Route 170.

ESG is developing the 30-acre parcel as part of a joint venture with West Group Inc., a McLean, Va.-based company with 35 years of experience in developing and leasing office buildings, hotels and shopping malls.

The two five-story office buildings will total about 315,000 square feet and are designed to be connected by a covered walkway.

A second phase of development on the same site calls for the construction of a third office building and a complex with a restaurant and other stores. This phase of construction is not expected to be completed until late 1993 or early 1994.

While the bulk of Westinghouse's Electronic Systems Group operations are in Maryland, including operations in Linthicum, Hunt Valley, Annapolis, Columbia and Sykesville, it also has other operations in other states.

A plant in Sunnyvale, Calif., makes submarine propulsion systems and employs about 3,000 workers.

The group also has a torpedo plant in Cleveland; an electronic assembly plant in College Station, Texas; an aircraft generator manufacturing plant in Lima, Ohio; and an aircraft night vision systems plant in Orlando, Fla.

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